Now open for bookings from April, Ace Hotel Kyoto is a 213 room hotel that lives in a part new-build and part historic structure that was once home to Kyoto Central Telephone Company by architect Tetsuro Yoshida. Ace Hotel Kyoto will feature an animated Lobby, a verdant garden courtyard, a gallery, event spaces, collaborations with local artists, a cafe and three stand-alone restaurants.
“We’ve been wanting to do a project in Japan for 20 years now, and collaborating with a visionary like Kengo Kuma and longtime friends Commune make it all the more special,” explains Ace Hotel. “Kyoto has been a longstanding global hub that has provided inspiration for countless artists, designers, musicians, filmmakers and poets. Kyoto is a city that generates creativity and inspires travel, and we hope Ace will serve as a central gathering place for locals and travelers.”
“I intended to design a ‘Cultural Catalyst’ for various people to visit and create a seamless relationship with Kyoto’s community,” says Kengo Kuma, Principal, Kengo Kuma and Associates.
A thoughtfully designed and vibrant gathering space, Ace Hotel Kyoto will stand as a monument to the creative epicenter of Japan that exalts simple pleasures and respect for traditions. Reverent of the unexpected and embracing the particular energies and culture of the city, the hotel will feature original art (including works by nonagenarian artist Samiro Yunoki), multiple courtyards — including a centrally located one between the historic and new building — thoughtfully landscaped gardens and guest room details that include Japanese soaking tubs.
Ace Hotel Kyoto exalts the city’s abundance of nature, art, ever-evolving culture, sophistication of craft and profound history. Opening prior to the Tokyo Olympics, reservations are now available.
Reservations beginning April 16, 2020 are available for booking at acehotel.com/kyoto, with high season rates starting at ¥40,000, $400.